Wednesday, February 25, 2015

"especially your American slang"



------------------------- [excerpt, Easy To Remember, by William Zinsser] ---------------------- The stunning success of "Rhapsody in Blue" propelled George Gershwin onto the cover of Time on July 28, 1925, at the age of 26.  He was the first American-born musician to achieve that honor.  He would continue to write ambitious classical scores, including the "Concerto in F," the tone poem "An American in Paris" and the opera "Porgy and Bess." ---------------------- [stop excerpt]


"Summer - time!


and the livin' is easy.


Fish are jumpin' --


and the cotton is high..."


"Summertime" was a song in Porgy and Bess.








Many artists have recorded this song, including Janis Joplin.